The car community is making dealing with Covid that little bit easier. gtviva's generous donation of about a million oil filters sorts out the Maestro oil changes I'll have to do. Thanks also to Reuben and Tony from the wider community for facilitating collection of some difficult to get Lanchester bits, namely some matching Rexine (not picture, I need to clean and prepare that properly so I know what I have to use exactly) and a complete boot lid. The boot lid is in worse condition than the one on the car and would need a fair bit of effort to make good. However, it has many useful bits that will make the existing boot lid much better and that's really what it was bought for.
The lock mechanism is frozen up, that's probably because all the pivot points are rusted solid. The handle is salvagable, as is the number plate light so they'll serve as spares.
The hinges are pretty shot, the studs are bent and broken, but the pins are probably okay and the little spacers could be reused. I can't remember if our car has the chrome spacers or not right now so if it doesn't, those will be handy to have.
Providing they come out okay, the countersunk bolts for the hinges will be useful since someone has fitted non-countersunk ones to our car and I was wanting to put proper ones back in. Finding exactly the right fixing can be a bit of a chore, so this takes out the guesswork.
The main reason we got the boot lid is for the lock mechanism cover, a very specific bit of trim we were unlikely to find anywhere else and which, until seeing this spare boot lid, I'd been unable to find a picture of. As suspected, it's a pressed blister that covers the lock mechanism. What I hadn't expected is that it also folds over the edge to tidy up where the latch pops out. You can also just about make out the rotten steel frame with the very dry looking wood beneath.
The other thing that might be useful is the interior trim panel and the rubber grommet, both of which look to be in better shape than what's on our existing boot lid. If I can remove the trim panel without damaging it I can then swap that over to our boot lid. I'll also salvage the aluminium skin from the donor boot lid since I have need of some aluminium sheet and there's quite a bit here. There's a couple of big dents in the outer skin so it's in worse condition than the boot lid on the car and would be difficult to make better, the paint is also completely shot so it would be a lot more work to sort out this donor boot lid than the boot lid on the car.
brilliant! no snow yet here in this part of durham, but hopefully soon. was wondering if obtaining suitable couloured carpet samples from a home carpet retailer they normally renew these and sell the old ones off as mats cheaply) could be cut, edged/hemmed and then embroydered or applied with embroydered badges with the appropriate vehicle name and script could be a viable option for the princess mats you want? downside is you may have to visit a couple places to get enough carpet to make a full set. sorry if this has been asked before but dose the princess still have its original bm radio? and if so is it mw/lw or dose it also have the luxury of fm!? cheers
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You could do that with the Princess mats, it did have carpet samples as mats (handily pre-bound edges since they were out of a sample book) for a while early in my ownership. I'm specifically after those particular rubber mats to tie in with the rest of the 80s/90s stuff I'm doing though.
I do still have the original MW/FM radio from it somewhere, but it shan't be going back in. Instead, I do eventually want to install a hidden head unit behind the blanking plate on the dash. Trouble is the Princess never had a standardised radio hole or bracketry so I need to figure out how to make something stable to accomodate... another one of those long term projects that keeps getting shoved down the list, along with the twin electric aerials I want on the back wings.
Done my second year of Youtube videos and that means it's time to have a look back and figure out where we're going next year. If you've been one of the folks who have subscribed or interacted in any way with my vids, thank you!
Video write ups (not for this one, because it's essentially a vlog and doesn't really translate) will be continuing to happen. Covid robbed me of the time I'd set aside this month to do them and instead I've been playing catch up all this week to make sure I hit work deadlines. Hopefully I'll be able to set a decent chunk of time aside in January to get things caught up again.
I'm also hoping to get out for more adventures next year, do some events, that sort of thing. I've got plans at any rate, it'd be nice to have a change of scenery a bit more frequently.